Born in Argentina, Diego Saez-Gil’s entrepreneurial journey has taken him from New York to China to San Francisco as he’s built companies in the travel, Internet of Things (IoT), and climate-tech industries. Each time he’s done so, he’s learned to tell the story of his business and has successfully woven his life narrative into his entrepreneurial pitch and story, including the challenges and the things that just don’t go his way. This powerful approach has allowed him to raise impressive rounds of capital from some of the savviest investors, including Y Combinator.
In this special double episode of FOMO Sapiens, Diego unpacks the ups and downs of his journey and explains how it has informed how he builds each of his businesses.
Meet our guest:
Diego Saez-Gil is a climate-tech entrepreneur originally from Argentina. He’s the co-founder of Pachama, a startup with the mission of restoring nature to solve climate change by harnessing satellite data, AI and the web to help drive funding to effective reforestation and nature conservation. Diego has been selected as Technology Pioneers by the World Economic Forum and has been awarded as Innovators 35 Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review. His company Pachama has been awarded as the Most Innovative AI Company of 2021 by FastCompany as well as 20 Most Impactful Startups by Fortune Magazine. Diego is a serial technology entrepreneur having co-founded Bluesmart and WeHostels, two travel tech companies acquired by major industry leaders. Diego studied entrepreneurship at Stanford Graduate School of Business and completed a Masters in Project Management at LaSalle University in Barcelona. Diego was born in Tucumán, Argentina -a descendant of indigenous people of South America- and currently resides in the forest mountains of California.